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Enel Green Power to Lead the Way to Green Energy Solutions

By Kristelle Gutiérrez | Tue, 06/14/2022 - 13:52

Since 2008, the Italian company Enel Green Power has promoted renewable energy development in Mexico, focusing not only on supplying clean energy solutions but also on offering tailor-made alternatives to the more polluting standard electricity options.

Enel Green Power is a renewable energy company that focuses on developing, operating and managing hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal electricity generation assets. In Mexico, the company started operations 14 years ago, during which it has developed two business lines: Enel Energía, which commercializes energy as a qualified supplier, and Enel Green Power, which focuses on clean power production.

“We operate hand in hand with companies as their advisors, to ensure that their consumption is cleaner,” said Ricardo Whaley, Head of Energy Management and Commercial Office, Enel Mexico. He added that sustainable strategies were crucial for economic development and to create shared value for local communities.

Enel’s Mexican portfolio consists of 19 wind, hydro and solar power plants in 11 states, which amount to a total capacity of 2.9GW. Whaley emphasized that a large part of the company’s significant growth between 2016 and 2017 was due to the implementation of the Wholesale Electricity Market (MEM) and Mexico’s long-term electricity auctions. Using these platforms, the company was able to complete the construction and installation of eight power plants, such as Parque Villanueva in the northern state of Coahuila, which is the biggest photovoltaic (PV) solar plant in Latin America and remains among the five largest solar power plants in the world.

One of Enel’s latest developments is the 269MW Dolores wind-powered plant in China, Nuevo Leon, which started operations in April 2021. It consists of 83 turbines and features 79km of transmission lines. The outcome of US$290 million investment, Dolores is Enel’s first power plant to utilizes built-on-site concrete wind turbines.

Enel is looking to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. To further this endeavor, the company says it focuses to care of the environment, looks to develop technological systems that facilitate efficient operations and enhance its workers’ wellbeing and safety. Whaley said the company is furthermore prioritizing the wellbeing of its employees through various business initiatives. In that regard, Enel has committed to many new practices that came into fashion as a response to the COVID pandemic; for example, by promoting its Health, Safety, and Environment (HSEQ) department’s strategies, the company encourages workers to lead careful and conscious lifestyles both inside and outside of their workplace, to ensure the safety of others at the power plants.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
BNamericas, Enel Green Power, Expansión.
Photo by:   Mike Setchell
Kristelle Gutiérrez Kristelle Gutiérrez Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst